April 10, 2012 — We've compiled some of the most thought-provoking commentaries from around the Web. Catch up on the conversation with bloggers from Huffington Post, NARAL and more.
WOMEN'S EQUALITY MOVEMENT: "Sandra Fluke Continues Battle That Margaret Sanger Began," Nicole Glass, Huffington Post blogs: Sandra Fluke is "using her media spotlight to highlight a number of other issues that women in America are facing today -- continuing a century-long struggle that Margaret Sanger began in the 1910's," Glass writes. Fluke said she sees Sanger's fight for reproductive rights as an ongoing battle. Currently, Fluke is working to draw attention to the Violence Against Women Act, which is up for reauthorization this year (Glass, Huffington Post blogs, 4/9).
CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS: "Abby Johnson Explains to CPCs How To Use Forced Ultrasound Bills To Lie and Get Women in the Door," Robin Marty, RH Reality Check: "Anti-choice activists are purposefully trying to use ultrasounds as a means to get women who are considering abortion into crisis pregnancy centers, misleading them into thinking that they are going to receive free, necessary ultrasounds that they will need to have before they terminate their pregnancies," Marty writes. She notes that at the annual conference for CPCs, "former Planned Parenthood employee turned anti-choice personality Abby Johnson explain[ed] to attendees how to use ultrasounds and other means to mislead women into coming into crisis pregnancy centers so they can be talked out of having abortions" (Marty, RH Reality Check, 4/8).
What others are saying about CPCs:
~ "Connecting the Dots on 'October Baby' and CPCs," Thomas, NARAL Pro-Choice America's "Blog for Choice."
STATE ATTACKS ON REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: "Is Kissing a 'Gateway Drug' to 'Sex Addiction?'" Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check: Marcotte writes, "Using terms like 'gateway drug' in reference to a normal and important part of human life -- feeling and acting upon sexual desire, enjoying the pleasure and intimacy of sex -- distills what is so wrong with the anti-choice movement at its core." She adds that "the fact that the word ["gateway"] made it into [Tennessee sex education] legislation" shows that "sex negativity is so engrained in their way of thinking that they don't even realize how it looks to outsiders" (Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 4/8).
What others are saying about state attacks on reproductive health:
~ "'Pro-Life' Gov Prefers Dead Babies Over Health Care for Illegal Immigrants," Robin Marty, Care2.
~ "Iowa Legislature: Traffic Cameras are Invasion of Privacy. Forcing Cameras Into Your Vagina? Not," Marty, RH Reality Check.
~ "How the Wisconsin Recall Might [A]ffect Reproductive Health," Marty, RH Reality Check.
~ "New Hampshire Considers 'Pro-Life' Bill That Puts Health Care System at Risk," Zachary Bernstein, ThinkProgress.
~ "Champ and Chump: Two Sides of the Fight Over a 20-Week Abortion Ban," Heather H., Planned Parenthood Action Fund's "Women Are Watching."
CONTRACEPTION: "Going Backwards: Limiting Access to Contraception is Bad for Government, Bad for Business, and Bad for Women," Rebecca Turner, RH Reality Check: "There is a pattern developing that cannot be denied; the gains that women have made in their personal lives and careers are under threat," Turner writes, citing efforts to limit access to contraception. She discusses the numerous health and economic benefits on contraception, adding, "Limiting access to contraception and publicly shaming women who use contraception is, quite simply, bad policy. It's bad for the government, bad for business, and bad for women" (Turner, RH Reality Check, 4/8).
What others are saying about contraception:
~ "Yes, Women do Care About Contraception," Annie-Rose Strasser, ThinkProgress.
~ "It's Not Abortion Politics, It's Breadwinning Politics," Morra Aarons-Mele, Huffington Post blogs.
~ "Memo to GOP: Women's Health is an Economic Issue," Fatima Najiy, ThinkProgress.
~ "Women Don't Care About Contraception?" Jennifer Dalven, ACLU's "Blog of Rights."
~ "We Heart: Tough-Talking Older Woman Tells Off Congressman for Dissing Planned Parenthood," Lauren Barbato, Ms. Magazine blog.
WAR ON WOMEN: "The War on Immigrant Women: Part of the Sweeping Crusade Against the Fundamental Rights of all Women," Mallika Dutt, RH Reality Check: "[T]he escalating 'war on women' has -- rightly -- sparked widespread outrage and urgent action to protect women's human rights in the United States," but there is an "also-ongoing 'war on immigrants' [that] is not merely a coincidental crisis," Dutt writes. She adds that "immigrant women and women of color ... suffer the most" during this "sweeping crusade against the fundamental rights of women living in the United States, documented and otherwise" (Dutt, RH Reality Check, 4/8).
What others are saying about the war on women:
~ "Anti-Choice and Anti-Immigrant Legislation Goes Hand in Hand," Robin Marty, RH Reality Check.
~ "Murkowski Chides Party Over Repro Rights, but Voted for Blunt Amendment," Marty, RH Reality Check.
~ "Afghanistan's Unrelenting War on Women," Michelle Bernard, Washington Post's "She the People."
~ "More Claims the Girl Scouts are Radical Feminists," Jessica Pieklo, Care2.
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